Regional Budget: 12/20/07

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

GateHouse News Service Regional Budget (12/20/07)

Here are the top Illinois stories coming today from GateHouse News Service. Stories are available at www.gatehousenewsservice.com

*Please check this Web site in the evening for changes to story lineup, including breaking news.

Contacts:

Regional Editor Jonie Larson, (217) 816-3343, jlarson@gatehousemedia.com

National Editor Jean Hodges, (630) 348-3350, jhodges@gatehousemedia.com

SPECIAL FOR CHRISTMAS DAY: LIVES FILLED WITH ROSES

 A package on Illinois' first appearance in the Rose Bowl in 1947 is a nostalgic look at the period. WWII veterans mixed with younger students formed a conference championship team. After 250 students attended the first tryouts, coach Ray Eliot, known as Mr. Illini, inspired them with his locker room talks. The Illini won their last five conference games and rolled past UCLA 45-14 in the Rose Bowl.

 A series of vignettes on several players who stepped on the field for the 1947 Rose Bowl. They provide a more personal insight about the meaning of the game, the return from World War II and a life full of memories. Only a handful of players still remain from that team.

 Overview/main story serves as lead. Vignettes on individuals stand as sidebars. Other elements will include list of Illinois' appearances in Rose Bowl, the 1947 box score and Illinois' results from that season.

Package will move this weekend. Embargo until Dec. 25. Includes art – still shots and video.

News

GOP ENDORSES: Sangamon County Republicans plan to make an endorsement for president

tonight, but probably not one in 18th congressional district. SCHOENBURG/SPRINGFIELD/Illinois

D205 SECURITY: Rockford School District to add an additional unarmed security guard to each middle and high school at a cost of $212,000 a year – starting next semester. JEFF KOLKEY/ROCKFORD REGISTER STAR, words 360.

STATE BRIEFS – A collection of briefs from GateHouse newspapers across the state. Posted by 6 p.m./Illinois and Illinois News.

CARJACKING FOLO: (w/mug) Trying again today to get proper protocol for who can carry and fire a gun besides a sworn police officer in relation to the carjacking at Northwoods Mall. Peoria Police Chief Steve Settingsgaard said the shooting is under investigation and that the auxiliary officer has no more rights than an average citizen. Still trying to get comment from states attorney on whether auxiliary officer broke any laws or was justified in his actions. The carjacker will be in bonding court today. (merits; by 5 p.m.) LESLIE FARK/ ANDY KRAVETZ/PEORIA/Illinois

THE GREAT INFLATABLE DEBATE: (w/pic) Love them or hate them, the inflatable Christmas decoration trend seems to be proliferating — like a Superbug impervious to the strongest antibiotics known to man -- instead of waning. WHY? We’ll talk to people who show their love of inflatable decorations by cramming several into their small yards. And we’ll talk to those who hate them, preferring the ‘classy’ all-white-light approach on ubiquitous display in the suburbs. (15-20-inches by 5 p.m.) SCOTT HILYARD/PEORIA/Illinois

FOGELBERG FOLO: A Chamber of Commerce official in Deer Isles, Main, where Dan Fogelberg and his wife had a home, said the singer will be cremated and there will be no services or funeral at this point. Also will let well-wishers know where they can send cards or make a donation in his memory. Trying to reach a guy who is reportedly organizing a tribute concert. (merits; by 5 p.m.) DANIELLE HATCH/PEORIA/Illinois

CANTON ETHANOL PLANT: A meeting with shareholders is scheduled for tonight. This will be the 300-plus farmers who have invested in Central Illinois Energy. We will attend and hope someone talks to us. (Merits by 9 p.m.) BRENDA ROTHERT/PEORIA/Illinois

CHILD MURDER: (w/mugs) We’ll be at the court appearances today for a woman and her boyfriend charged for the 2006 murder of the woman’s daughter. Erin Yocum is expected to surrender at the McDonough County Jail this morning and it is expected that her boyfriend, Daniel Belknap, will appear at a later date as he’s being sentenced in federal court today on drug charges. (12 inches by 7:30 p.m.) JODI POSPESCHIL/PEORIA/Illinois News

PIT BULLS: Will follow on the Farmington pit bull ordinance. ASPCA says ‘canine profiling,’ or breed ban, is illegal in Illinois. Farmington officials say their ordinance is fine. City officials have been hearing from attorneys across the country since the news report about the ordinance. (10 inches by 7 p.m.) BRENDA ROTHERT/PEORIA/Illinois News

FAIRGROUNDS: Horse races. State Rep. Raymond Poe, R-Springfield, wants to bring additional harness racing to the state fairgrounds. FINKE/CAPITOL BUREAU/SPRINGFIELD

GRAIN  LICENSE: Central Illinois grain company today voluntarily surrendered its grain license to the Illinois Dept. of Ag. The grain company is an off-shoot of a Canton ethanol plant, whose construction has stalled amid financial problems. COLINDRES/CAPITOL BUREAU/SPRINGFIELD

Sports

ILLINOIS BASKETBALL: The Illini continue a busy week with a home game against Miami

(Ohio), an underappreciated team from the Mid-American Conference. Serves as

Illinois-Miami preview. With preview capsule. SUPINIE. Champaign. Illinois sports

and Big Ten. Moving this evening.

BEARS: REED SCHRECK/ROCKFORD REGISTER STAR

Opinions

BRITT: Tribute to singer Dan Fogelberg, 1951-2007.